Archive for February, 2010
Our celebration of the Harlem Renaissance comes to an end this week. We hope you have enjoyed it and found your next read! Make sure you check out these last posts.
February 22, 2010 Michelle’s Masterful Musings When Washington Was in Vogue by Edward Christopher Williams
February 23, 20101 BrownGirl BookSpeak There Is Confusion by Jessie Fauset
February 24, 2010 Wuthering Expectations The Conjure Woman by Charles Chesnutt
February 25, 2010 Linus’s Blanket Stories by Zora Neale Hurston
February 26, 2010 My Friend Amy Quicksand by Nella Larson
February 26, 2010 things mean a lot Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
February 27, 2010 Bookgazing Gentleman Jigger by Bruce Nugent
February 28, 2010 BookLust The House Behind the Cedars by Charles Chesnutt
The Classics Circuit is pleased to announce that your vote for Paris in the Spring authors was a tie! Since both Emile Zola and Alexandre Dumas are well worth reading and discussing, both French authors will tour the Circuit this Spring. Although you can sign up to read and then invite both authors to your site, don’t feel obligated to do so: the two tours will be slightly overlapping, so keep your own reading schedule and abilities in mind.
Today begins sign up for the Emile Zola tour, which will begin April 5 and run until April 23 or April 30, depending on the number of interested tour participants. Once sign up closes for this tour, we will open sign up for the Alexandre Dumas tour. The tours will be overlapping by a week or so (again, depending on the number of tour participants).
When you indicate that you want to participate, please keep in mind that we will assign you a date during the tour on which you should post. If you are unable to meet your assigned date, let us know and we can reassign you: otherwise, we’ll take you off the schedule. Please let us know when you sign up your preferred and/or unavailable days during the month.
Zola Circuit sign up will be open until the evening of Sunday, February 28. Sign up is now closed. If you would still like to join the tour, send an email to the tour leader at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
The Harlem Renaissance tour continues this week by visiting the following sites.
February 15, 2010 Nonsuch Book Harlem Renaissance poetry from Fire!
February 16, 2010 Notes from the North The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
February 17, 2010 Becky’s Book Reviews Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
February 17, 2010 Notorious Spinks Talks Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance by Bruce Nugent and the movie Brother to Brother
February 18, 2010 The Things We Read Passing by Nella Larsen
February 19, 2010 Reviews by Lola Passing by Nella Larsen
February 20, 2010 Gimme More Books! The Conjure-Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher
February 21, 2010 book-a-rama Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
We love Paris in the springtime, and in April we will be traveling to Paris to visit one of these four classic nineteenth century French authors.
- Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) is one of the most widely read French novelists today. His historical novels of high adventure were often serialized, capturing the attention of the French public then and entertaining generations still.
- Victor Hugo (1802-1885) contributed largely to the romantic movement in France, through his essays, stories, novels, poetry, and plays. His works focus on the social and political issues of his time. Although most well known in France for his poetry, his novels (such as Les Miserables) are more well known outside of the country.
- George Sand (1804-1876) was the pen name for Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, who is called the first female novelist of France. Although she lived an unorthodox life for nineteenth century France, Sand did not describe herself as a feminist. Her fiction focuses on the restrictions and challenges that women face because of social class and gender.
- Emile Zola (1840-1902) became an important contributor to the literary school of naturalism. He wrote numerous short stories, four plays, and more than a dozen books. His books focus on how environment and heredity inevitably affect human character.
Which author would you like to visit the Circuit in April?
See where the Harlem Renaissance visits this week!
February 8, 2010 Sparks’ Notes Plum Bun by Jessie Redmon Fauset
February 9, 2010 The Zen Leaf Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston
February 10, 2010 Books and Chocolate Passing by Nella Larsen
February 11, 2010 Laura’s Reviews Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
February 11, 2010 Musings The Ways of White Folks: Stories by Langston Hughes
February 12, 2010 Bibliosue Home to Harlem by Claude McKay
February 13, 2010 Rebecca Reads Black No More by George Schuyler
February 14, 2010 eclectic / eccentric Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance by Bruce Nugent and an overview of African-American homosexuality during the Renaissance
Beginning Monday March 1, 2010, Georgette Heyer will be going on a virtual tour of the blogosphere. Check out these participating blogs where you’ll find reviews of a number her works, as well as general information posts about this classic author.
March 1, 2010 One Librarian’s Book Reviews Review: Frederica
March 1, 2010 Austenprose Review: Georgette Heyer’s Regency World by Jennifer Kloester
March 2, 2010 Enchanted by Josephine Review: Beauvallet
March 3, 2010 Books and Chocolate Review: Behold, Here’s Poison
March 3, 2010 Michelle’s Masterful Musings Review: Devil’s Cub
March 4, 2010 Sparks’ Notes Review: Friday’s Girl
March 5, 2010 Tales from the Reading Room Review: The Private World of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge
March 6, 2010 BookNAround Review: The Grand Sophy
March 7, 2010 Windy Ridge Books Review: Why Shoot a Butler?
March 8, 2010 A Striped Armchair Review: The Unknown Ajax
March 8, 2010 A Book Lover Review: The Convenient Marriage
March 9, 2010 First Impressions: A Tale of Less Pride and Prejudice Review: The Black Sheep
March 10, 2010 Bibliosue Review: The Unfinished Clue and Royal Escape
March 11, 2010 Fleur Fisher Reads Review: No Wind of Blame
March 12, 2010 Reviews by Lola Review: Frederica
March 12, 2010 Reading, Writing, Working, Playing Review: Envious Casca
March 13, 2010 Life Is a Patchwork Quilt Review: My Lord John
March 14, 2010 Jenny’s Books Review: The Grand Sophy
March 15, 2010 Booklust Review: Penhallow
March 16, 2010 Carol’s Notebook Review: Cotillion
March 16, 2010 Musings Review: These Old Shades
March 17, 2010 Reading Adventures Review: Devil’s Cub
March 18, 2010 Blog Jar Review: Royal Escape
March 19, 2010 Reading, Writing and Retirement Review: Friday’s Child
March 20, 2010 Staircase Wit Review: The Grand Sophy or Devil’s Cub
March 21, 2010 Medieval Bookworm Review: Cotillion
March 22, 2010 Bibliolatry Review: Footsteps in the Dark
March 22, 2010 Linus’s Blanket Review: Frederica
March 23, 2010 Laura’s Reviews Review: The Foundling
March 24, 2010 Kay’s Bookshelf Undecided Heyer
March 25, 2010 Queen of Happy Endings Review: Arabella or Friday’s Child or The Grand Sophy or Cousin Kate
March 26, 2010 A Few More Pages Review: The Nonesuch
March 27, 2010 A Reader’s Respite Review: The Conquerer
March 28, 2010 Tell Me a Story Review: Faro’s Daughter or The Grand Sophy or Devil’s Cub or Arabella or The Talisman Ring
March 28, 2010 Stephanie’s Confessions of a Bookaholic Review: Footsteps in the Dark or Why Shoot a Butler?
March 29, 2010 Sasha & the Silverfish Review: Arabella
March 30, 2010 Becky’s Book Reviews Review: Venetia or Sylvester
March 30, 2010 Shelf Love Review: A Civil Contract
March 31, 2010 book-a-rama Review: A Lady of Quality
Please note: If you are participating in this tour and the information above is incorrect or you need to make a change to your tour day, please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing rebecca[at]rebeccareid[dot]com or the Committee member who initially emailed you. Also, if you would like to be added to the schedule at this late point, let us know and we can still fit you in.
Compiled by Chris at book-a-rama.
Edith Wharton certainly enjoyed her tour of the blogosphere. Check out these great posts.
January 6, 2010 – The Zen Leaf Review: Summer
January 12, 2010 – Laura’s Musings Review: The Reef and General thoughts on visiting The Mount
February is finally here! To celebrate U.S. Black History month, we decided to host The Harlem Renaissance through the Classics Circuit. I am so excited to see thoughts on these classic works this week. Make sure you follow the tour by visiting these great blogs.
February 1, 2010 Shelf Love The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois
February 2, 2010 Evening All Afternoon Cane by Jean Toomer
February 3, 2010 Daily Words and Acts Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
February 4, 2010 Paperback_Reader Passing and/or Quicksand by Nella Larsen
February 4, 2010 BookNAround The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories by Charles Chesnutt
February 5, 2010 A Striped Armchair The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man by James Weldon Johnson
February 6, 2010 Moored at Sea Overview: The relationship between the Harlem Renaissance and the Negritude movement of the French Colonies that grew from it.
February 6, 2010 Joyfully Retired His Eye is On the Sparrow by Ethel Waters (autobiography) and the life of Ethel Waters
February 7, 2010 Stephanie’s Confessions of a Book-a-Holic Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes or The Conjure Man Dies by Rudolph Fisher
The button for this month’s tour has a picture by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas (1899-1979). He moved to Harlem in 1925 and his art was an important part of the Renaissance movement.
This picture is called “Song of the Towers.” It is a panel from the four-part mural Douglas painted for Fisk University called “Aspects of Negro Life.” I think it captures the artistic aspects of the Harlem Renaissance by making jazz music it’s icon.
I hope you enjoy the tour this week!